Microsoft company spokesman David Dennis spoke to Bloomburg recently in regards to the next generation Xbox. Considering how console graphics are beginning to show their age, and developers are wishing for a system with more options, it would seem like 2012 could be a good year to announce such a thing. Not this year, according to Dennis. Gamers will have to wait until, at best, 2013 for more news on the Xbox 720.
“There will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon. For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360.”
Analyst Michael Pachter then weighed in on the issue. He figures Microsoft is still selling a large amount of Xbox 360, all at a profit. And while he thinks Microsoft could use a great showing at E3 after the past years' focus on Kinect, he agrees Microsoft shouldn't announce it, "just because we're bored."
Still, I believe Microsoft may be making another naive mistake. Should Nintendo come to E3 and surprise everyone with the Wii U, and Microsoft and Sony have nothing yet to show, we may see a repeat of the current generation. A generation where Sony and Microsoft fought to copy Nintendo's ideas and steal back some of their market share. Time will tell, of course, and it wouldn't be the first time a Microsoft rep has misled about their E3 showing.